A Villa vs Brighton
3:00pm Saturday 19th October
Matt Targett scored a stunner since they beat Brighton 2-1 at Villa Park, to complete a breathless Aston Villa comeback.
Adam Websters first Brighton goal handed the visitors the direct (12), but their hopes of success took a blow when Aaron Mooy was shipped off following two quickfire yellow cards (35).
Conor Hourihanes thumping attempt minutes before the rest was then ruled from VAR (42), but Jack Grealish restored parity when he bundled home a cross from close range (45+3).
The battle between the two sides produced a remarkable 43 objective efforts, however, it took until the final 10 seconds of second-half stoppage time for both sides to force a winner and it was Villa whod this, with Targett lashing Grealishs lay-off into the back of the web (90+4)
Dean Smiths Villa sit 11th at the Premier League standings with Brighton of the relegation zone in 16th, after the attraction.
Having entered the split with convincing victories under their belts, both Brighton and Villa were keen to return into an abysmal start from the Midlands, but it was the people who took the game by the scruff of the neck early on.
Aaron Connolly — the protagonist of the Seagulls 3-0 win over Tottenham last time out — spooned over the pub after Tyrone Mings skewed clearance, but if Pascal Gross delivered a free-kick into the far pole, Webster was available to angle a powerful header to the back of the net.
But the people momentum slowed in the final 10 minutes of the half, firstly when Mooy was dismissed for a second bookable offence and then when Hourihane arrowed a normally strong effort beyond Mat Ryan after the stopper had fumbled a crossover.
The awarding of the goal ruled and was reviewed by VAR; Wesley duel using the Australiankeeper termed an infringement. They did not need to wait long to get back on level terms, but as Grealish bundled Frederic Guilberts cross into score his first Premier League goal.
Despite their disadvantage in personnel, Brighton rallied after the restart against a lethargic Villa with Neal Maupay presented to test Tom Heaton, but their efforts proved to be in vain.
With only seconds the ball cut back into left-back Targett, that struck an unstoppable shot that is angled across the line to secure victory for the hosts.
The times when Grealish is not Aston Villa are few and far between. This wasnt one of those days. He was able the deserved equaliser on the stroke of half-time and then provided the help of Targett to score the dramatic late winner who delivered Villa Park.
But, as ever, Grealish looked at ease. His title as the most-fouled participant in the division saw him earn his 63 passes throughout the 90 minutes along with numerous set-pieces was only to Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens.
While Brighton host Everton on precisely the afternoon at 3pm, aston Villa travel to Manchester City for a on Saturday October 26.
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